The New York Knicks have struggled so far this season. Their dynamic trio of Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler has yet to live up to the lofty expectations.
Chandler has been great for the Knicks. He is averaging close to ten points and ten rebounds a game. That is just above his career average in both categories. Chandler has fit in nicely with the team. He has been a strong presence in the middle, on both ends of the floor.
Anthony has been doing what he does best: score. He is right at his career averages with 25.7 points and 6.8 rebounds a game.
Then there is Stoudemire. The third piece of the New York Big Three has not fit in so well thisseason. Stoudemire is averaging 17.6 points per game, four points below his career average. But that is only part of the story. Stoudemire has not looked like himself. He spent the offseason recovering from a back injury, so he may still be getting his legs back. Or maybe he is having trouble coexisting with Anthony?
Chandler is clearly not the problem. He has been a major boost for the Knicks. His inside game complements all the players well. The problem lies with Anthony and Stoudemire. Their games can be mirror images at times. They sometimes take the same jump shots, from the same spots on the floor. When the ball goes to one of them, it often stays there. That stalls the offense and makes it predictable. Stoudemire and Anthony have not been effective together.
There are some definitive ways to fix the synergy between Stat and Melo.
Anthony and Stoudemire must learn to defer to one another. Each of them is a threat to score. They need to take advantage of that and find each other with the pass.
The Knicks must establish inside scoring with Chandler. That will stretch the floor and lead to open looks for both Stoudemire and Anthony.
Anthony and Stoudemire could work on the pick-and-roll. Stoudemire is very familiar with the play. Anthony can pass and shoot. All of the elements are there, so why not do it? It would at the very least teach them to trust each other on the floor.
But the most important thing Anthony and Stoudemire can do is stop worrying about individual statistics. The only statistic that matters is wins. It does not matter if they both score 30 points, one of them reaches 30 or neither of them does. The win is the most important thing. If Anthony and Stoudemire can buy into that, the wins will come and their scoring will too.
Edwin Torres was born in New York City. He has been a Knicks fan since the early 1980s. He has visited Madison Square Garden on many occasions to watch the Knicks and his favorite player, Patrick Ewing. For more articles, follow him on Twitter @FlipPoker.
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